16 May 2017

Summer is almost here.

Well summer is almost here and I am getting really busy.  I may not post on here much but you can always find me on Facebook at Better Version of Me (@bvofme)  and on Instagram betterversionofme.tracie

Thanks! Tracie

08 May 2017

Where did the time go!

My first car.  
Today my 15-year-old starts driver's training!  Last month, I sold off the last her Barbies and Little Pet Shops.  I don't know where the time went.  I am sure a lot of parents feel this way.  I think it is hard for me, because she is my only one.  Only a few short years and she will be off to college and starting a life of her own.  It makes me sad for me and excited for her at the same time.  Some of my fondest high school memories are of driving around with my friends.  We would take road trips to Grand Haven to go to the beach.  We would meet up at Hudley's Pizza and see what was going on for the night.  Sometimes, we would just cruise. (Do teens even do that still?) We had freedom!  I think one of the hardest things for me is going to be letting her have the freedom I did.  But, I am trying really hard not to be a helicopter mom.  I guess this is the first stage in the letting go process.  I have at least a full year until she can get her license.  So, I still have a little time before I need to start letting her go, letting grow, giving her freedom.  Are your teens driving yet?  Any tips?

01 May 2017

Meat Free Monday: Healthier Ramen



I love ramen.  I even love those really unhealthy, high sodium brands.  So, I was really excited a couple of months ago when I discovered Lotus Foods Millet & Brown Rice Ramen in bulk at Costco. These are just the noodles so you can control what else you make with them.  I have been using miso and/or Better Than Bouillon vegetarian line.  I cook whatever veggies I want in the water before adding the ramen.  I then add the ramen and cook for 3 minutes and it is done.  Today I did button mushrooms, green onions, ginger, garlic, cauliflower, and broccoli with miso and no chicken bouillon.  I then added a couple drops of Young Living Lemongrass Vitality, kim chi, and pickled ginger.  So easy, yummy and healthy!!